“Fire!”

Pounding on my door. I was sleeping, dang it. My flatmate H paces up and down the hall, shouting something and banging on my door and S’s. S’s girlfriend C is over too.

I get up and stumble to the door. It’s still nighttime—“What’s going on?”

“There’s a fire next door,” H repeats. “Our neighbors are evacuating.”

Celebrity Encounters

(contains spoilers for Revolutionary Girl Utena)

It’s a coffeeshop not too far from my apartment. They have tables, but they’re all full, and I’m here alone anyway, so I’m sitting in a tall chair at a bar against the wall. My laptop’s out, but I’ve got nothing to do at the moment, so I’m alternately clicking through Facebook and watching the customers go in and out.

And then a woman with pink hair catches my eye. She’s probably around my age, maybe a few years older. (But I know I’m bad at guessing ages.) Her black track jacket gives her…

"Kimi-byō"

Miki’s eyes snapped open.

Pink curtains. Stuffed animals.

Rather, Tatsuko’s eyes snapped open.

Here we go again.

For about two months now, Maebara Miki and Teraoka Tatsuko had been experiencing what the internet was calling “Kimi-byō”, or “You Syndrome”. About once a week, the two high school students would wake up in each other’s bodies, an experience that would usually last until they went to sleep at night. The phenomenon seemed to only be occurring in Japan, although there were a few unconfirmed reports from South Korea as well. When the first cases had been discovered, scientists from all over…